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Gloom: Unwelcome Guests


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  • This is an expansion for Gloom - you need that game in order to use the expansion
  • Adds depth and complexity
  • Allows one more person to play
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  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 2.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: 1589780930
  • Item model number: AG1253
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 12 - 15 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,433 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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The expansion adds one player and 55 cards to the game. Here is a description of the expansion from the publisher: In the Gloom card game, you make your eccentric family of misfits suffer the greatest tragedies possible before helping them pass on to the well-deserved respite of death. Just mix the 55 transparent cards in this new set together with your copy of Gloom to add morbid new Modifiers, Events, and Untimely Deaths, and a new family - the malodorous Malone mob - including The Broken Arms Hotel as a Residence card to use with the Unhappy Homes expansion. When Boils Malone brought his family overseas to "get away from the heat," he wasn't expecting quite so much rain. Adding an extra level of strategy, new persistent effect icons on cards allow their special effects to continue to be active even if covered by another card. A persistent effect ends only when the attached character is killed. Also inside are five Unwelcome Guest cards. Deal one or more face up to the table's center at the start of the game. Guests "follow" the card types noted on them, no matter where it currently is, a living Guest immediately moves to join the family of the character on which one of its "trigger" cards is played. All its Modifiers are moved with it, and it's considered a member of that family until it moves again. This may delay the game's end if a final play draws a Guest to the near-winner's family.

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The Game of Inauspicious Incidents and Grave Consequences In the Gloom card game, you make your eccentric family of misfits suffer the greatest tragedies possible before helping them pass on to the well-deserved respite of death. Just mix the 55 transparent cards in this set together with your copy of Gloom to add morbid new Modifiers, Events, and Untimely Deaths, and a new family - the malodorous Malone mob - including The Broken Arms Hotel as a Residence card to use with the Unhappy Homes expansion. When Boils Malone brought his family overseas to "get away from the heat," he wasn't expecting quite so much rain! Adding an extra level of strategy, new persistent effect icons on cards allow their special effects to continue to be active even if covered by another card. A persistent effect ends only when the attached character is killed. Also inside are five new Character cards called Unwelcome Guests. Deal one or more face up to the table's center at the the start of the game, and set aside the rest. Guests "follow" the card types noted on them; no matter where it currently is, a living Guest immediately moves to join the family of the character on which one of its "trigger" cards is played. All its Modifiers are moved with it, and it's considered a member of that family until it moves again. This may delay the game's end if a final play draws a Guest to the near-winner's family!

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They love playing it and it's a game everyone enjoys.
J. Matuszak
This expansion to the Gloom game adds very enjoyable concepts to the game and expands the game by adding an additional player as well.
TincSam
The game is fairly flexible in terms of the number of players it can accommodate, but somewhere between 3-5 is probably best.
Ben Fisher

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kyrianya on June 10, 2012
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First let me say that I love Gloom and some of the other expansions. However, this expansion makes the game fairly complicated and pretty unbalanced if you have less than 6 players playing (requires other expansions as well). Most of the other expansions work great even if you only have 3-4 players, so I'd suggest getting one of the others first.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SchmidtN on August 11, 2012
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This is the first expansion I'll add to my Gloom game when additional families are needed. I enjoy the guests that bounce from family to family and the mobster family that comes with this expansion is my personal favorite to play as. I only mix in expansions when I need more than the original four families, but if you're mixing in Unwelcome Guests and have less than 4 families playing, I'd recommend playing without the uncle guest (he makes it too easy to always take cards from the same person every turn... like your sister who always has her hand neatly organized so you know where to take cards from). I do have one negative, and this goes for all the Gloom expansions, I wish there was an easy way to identify cards belonging to the expansions so they're easier to filter out when you play with four or less families. Other than that, UG adds a ton of fun to an already fun game.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Fazle Khan on February 6, 2009
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The expansion adds another layer of complexity to the Gloom card game. Some of the guests are overpowered but overall the expansion is a good addition to a great game.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Martins on July 9, 2013
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Unwelcome guest is a very nice expansion for the Gloom game and it is really worth the price. The card quality is awesome. The only thing I think it could improve would be the expanded rules, that are printed in the box. I think they should come in a small paper inside the game, so you would have the choice to keep the card and throw the box away. But, anyway, it doesn't make the game less awesome!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ben Fisher on January 24, 2013
Gloom is a wonderful card game with the unique (and clever) mechanic of using transparent plastic cards that "stack" upon each other as the game progresses. Game play is relatively straightforward: (1) play cards that subtract points on your own "family" members or that add points to other "families", (2) "kill" family members (yours or others), (3) attempt to accumulate the lowest score.

Each card contains its own set of rules that affect game play, so each card contains (often substantial) text.

The game is fairly flexible in terms of the number of players it can accommodate, but somewhere between 3-5 is probably best. If you stick to those numbers, a game will usually take around 30-45 minutes.

Unwelcome Guests is not a standalone set but rather an expansion to the main Gloom game. In addition to a new family, it adds a new "guest" mechanic that features a card that moves between players throughout the game. This new feature is a lot of fun, and provides a welcome twist to the existing rules.

Overall, the play is very fun, portable, fast-paced, and often amusing. As you may have surmised by the initial synopsis, the humor is dark and morbid (albeit very tongue-in-cheek). If that isn't your cup of tea, this game won't entertain you. The art is suited perfectly to the theme.

APPROPRIATE AUDIENCE: Hardcore gamers will enjoy this as a "warm-up" between their more complicated gaming sessions. It's a useful tool for introducing newcomers to these kinds of games (although Fluxx or Current Number of the Beast are maybe even better for this purpose).

OVERALL SCORE: B. The new cards add great variation to the existing base set.
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I love the concept of this addition to the Gloom Game. There's nothing more rattling than when Guests come to your house and refuse to leave. What fun. Our whole family is enamoured with the entire Gloom game and this addition just makes it more interesting.
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By Ben Brown on November 23, 2013
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I LOVE THIS GAME! It's one of my favorite games ever! This is a great addition that adds a lot more challenge to the game not to mention some more ways to stick people with points!
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By J. Matuszak on July 7, 2013
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Bought this as a gift for my daughter and granddaughter. They love playing it and it's a game everyone enjoys. "It does make you think of who you want to target." Down side: the cards are transparent .
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